Dire download speeds are something many of us have become used to but things could be about to get infinitely faster. Boffins at Monash, Swinburne and RMIT universities have tested and recorded some ludicrously fast internet speeds capable of downloading 1,000 high definition movies in a split second.
The research took place in Australia and is now the quickest ever recorded speed in the country – in fact, it could also be the fastest ever seen in the world. Crucially, the speeds were recorded outside of the lab using the existing infrastructure used by millions of broadband customers in Australia.
It’s hoped that the new technology will fast-track the next 25 years of Australia’s telecommunications capacity, but also the possibility for this home-grown technology to be rolled out across the globe.
Due to technical constraints, demonstrations of this magnitude are usually confined to a laboratory. But for this study, researchers achieved these incredible speeds using existing communications infrastructure where they were able to efficiently load-test the network. To make this happen, the researchers used a new device that replaces 80 lasers with one single piece of equipment known as a micro-comb, which is smaller and lighter than existing telecommunications hardware.